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Religious Studies AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

The Eduqas A‐level in Religious Studies encourages learners to:

Develop their interest in a rigorous study of religion and belief and relate it to the wider world; develop knowledge and understanding appropriate to a specialist study of religion; develop an understanding and appreciation of religious thought and its contribution to individuals, communities and societies and adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion.

Course content

The Eduqas GCE in Religious Studies consists of three externally examined papers based on each of the three units of study. The AS level is co‐taught with the A‐level. Students will study:

  • A Study of Religion ‐ Option A Christianity
    There will be four themes within each option: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. Issues for analysis and evaluation will be drawn from any aspect of the content, such as: the relative importance of redaction criticism for understanding the biblical birth narratives; the validity of referring to God as mother; the extent to which both faith and works are aspects of justification; the extent to which theoretical beliefs about the Eucharist affect the practice of different denominations.
  • Philosophy of Religion
    There will be four themes within this component: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language. Issues for analysis and evaluation will be drawn from any aspect of the content, such as: whether inductive arguments for God’s existence are persuasive; whether the ontological argument is more persuasive than the cosmological/teleological arguments for God’s existence; whether Augustinian type theodicies are relevant in the 21st Century; the adequacy of James’ four characteristics in defining mystical experience.
  • Religion and Ethics
    There will be four themes within this component: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism; free will. Issues for analysis and evaluation will be drawn from any aspect of the content, such as: the extent to which ethical egoism inevitably leads to moral evil; a consideration of whether Natural Law promotes injustice; the degree to which agape is the only intrinsic good; the extent to which Utilitarianism promotes justice.

Entry requirements

  • It is not necessary for a student to have taken the subject at GCSE level, but the course is demanding and requires a good deal of serious reading. We would not advise anyone with less than a grade B in GCSE English Language to take this course as good essay writing skills are essential.
  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.  

Assessment

Examining Body:  Eduqas

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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